I am posting chapters from my sister's book, "The End is near. End Time Bible Prophecy Anyone Can Understand." E.A. James. Available at lulu.com
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The Book of Life
God keeps several books, one of which is called the Book of Life. Those who have their names written in the Book of Life are those who are in heaven. (See Phil. 4:3; Rev. 3:5; Rev. 21:27) Jesus does the entering or deleting of names in the Book of Life before he returns to earth to collect the saved. Now at that time Michael, the great prince…will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time… everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. (Dan. 12:1) The seven last bowl plagues bring to this earth a time of distress that had never been experience before. We who have our names written in the Book of Life will be rescued and caught up in the clouds with Jesus before the world ends.
Our Deeds Judged
But that is not the end of our judgment. All of us have to stand before Jesus and be judged by him. …we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (Rom. 14:10) For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son… (John 5:22) But why are we being judged if we are already in heaven? What is it that is being judged? For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Cor. 5:10) Every person in heaven will receive rewards based on his or her deeds. What these rewards are, the Bible does not say.
Deeds of the Lost Judged
Our time in heaven will not be a time of idleness. Along with the great and unimaginable pleasures we will be experiencing, we will have work to do. …do you not know that the saints will judge the world? Do you not know that we will judge angels? (1 Cor. 6:2, 3) Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead or on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4)